Originally I was planning on posting my review of Flame in the Mist today. Buuuut I haven’t been able to get very much reading done recently as I’ve been super busy with school and exhausted from a messed up sleeping schedule so I haven’t finished it yet. So instead, I decided to go back and do the Top Ten Tuesday post from last week that I ended up skipping due to not having enough time to write it. 😛 With that said, let’s talk about some things that make me uninterested in a book.
This is undoubtedly the #1 thing that makes me not want to read a book. I don’t mind if there are one or two problematic lines as I feel like it’s really freaking hard, if not impossible, to write a book that’s perfect with regard to representation/being unoffensive. But if there are overall themes or concepts that are integrated into the book that have been pointed out as problematic, I’m unlikely to read it. I’ve got enough books on my TBR that I don’t want to waste time on ones that have hurt people.
Bad Author Behavior
This is kind of related to the previous point, but if an author has said/done offensive things online (*cough Michael Grant cough*) or has just acted poorly and unprofessionally, it’s a huge turn-off for me. I really don’t want to give monetary support to an author who can’t act like an adult. This goes not only for saying offensive things but also doing things like attacking or mocking reviewers for giving negative reviews of their books (or sometimes, other authors’ books).
A Lot of Negative Reviews
Seeing a negative review here and there doesn’t have much of an effect on me, as no matter how good a book is, there are going to be people who don’t like it. But if I see reviewer after reviewer after reviewer all saying they didn’t enjoy it, it really puts me off. Very rarely will I keep a book on my TBR after that. I pretty much only keep it there if I’ve already bought the book.
This doesn’t really make me not want to read a book/series at all, but it certainly results in me putting it off. This is pretty much the #1 reason why, despite having the first book in both series for years, I have not started Game of Thrones or The Mortal Instruments. GoT has ridiculously long books plus there are quite a few of them (and more coming out!) and TMI just has what feels like a million books to me. I know that technically there are several series, but still.
Really Graphic Sex Scenes
This isn’t always something that makes me not want to read a book, but 99% of the time, I really don’t enjoy reading graphic sex scenes. I’m not even really sure why. They just kind of make me feel embarrassed I guess, I don’t know, hahaha. This is one of the reasons why I don’t often read adult romance.
You know those people who refuse to read anything but classics? Yeah, I’m the complete opposite of that. Every once in awhile I try to read classics and every once in awhile I do enjoy them, but the vast majority of the time, I don’t want to read classics. Some of this is because the writing can be outdated and difficult to understand and some of it is because there’s often a lot of sexism, racism, etc. in older novels.
I’m the type of reader that really needs a lot of things going on in order to stay interested. Books with a really slow pace are usually way too boring for me and I quickly get bored with them. So if I hear people say that a book has a really slow pace, I usually don’t really want to read it anymore.
I think that’s where I’ll stop. 7 is good enough and I can’t really think of any others, haha.